The Food Truck Diaries, Volume 10: Primavera Raspados and Hot Dogs

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The mango chunks in the raspados at Primavera Raspados and Dogs look a bit like nuggets of slippery gold. They're big, supple chunks, perfect for squishing into the crushed ice and vanilla ice cream layered below.

Primavera Raspados and Hot Dogs serves mainly raspados, fruit salads and other things one wants on hot days. It is parked in a lot just west of the corner of Ajo Road and Clark Avenue, right in front of the 99 Cent Discount Market. It can be identified by the metal ice cream cone welded to the end of the trailer facing westbound traffic.

Let us now turn to the stand’s Tostitos preparados, a junk-food fantasy made real. They cut open a bag of chips — your choice of Doritos or Ruffles — fill it with cheese sauce, jalapenos, Chamoy, salsa, lemon and more … and there you have it. A small is $3, and a large, which is plenty for two, sells for $4.50.

Wednesday is two-for-one Sonoran hot dog day; banana splits, properly done Mexico-style corn on the cob and the sort of nachos you get at the movie theater are also available. But what you really stop here for is a Clamato preparado, jugo naturale or any number of other drinks that tend to make the summer heat a bit more bearable.

Hours: 10 a.m. to around 11 p.m. Condiment bar: Adequate. Dining area: Made out of orange and yellow tent material, which gives it sort of a carnival feel. Prices: $5 and less.

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